EXHIBIT: Maurice Sendak -- A Celebration of the Artist and His Work

Aug 02, 2013 - by Vanity Fair Agenda

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When the beloved author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, died last year, I may have taken to my bed out of sheer sorrow over the fact that he would never again produce another brilliant book. Okay, perhaps I took to my four-year-old’s bed with a stack of her favorite Sendak stories—Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre: A Cautionary Tale, In the Night Kitchen, and the superlative Where the Wild Things Are among them—but you get my drift. And as would befit this “king of all wild things” (Sendak had a singular skill for speaking sometimes outrageous truths) in honor of what would have been his 85th year, N.Y.C.’s Society of Illustrators has mounted a beautiful exhibition of his work on view now through August 17.

The exhibit showcases the extraordinary breadth of his magnificent career, with all manner of never-before-seen Sendak originals, sketches, photographs, and ephemera including previously unpublished artwork from Where the Wild Things Are. To mark the occasion, Abrams is publishing a companion catalog-book that highlights each piece in the exhibit along with essays from prominent Sendak scholars and historians. So, as they say from that place back over a year, and in and out of weeks, and through a day, and into a night, “And now let the wild rumpus start!”

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